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Semiprecious Salvage: Creating Found-Art Jewelry Paperback – February 27, 2008
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She further goes on to explain that the contrast between the new and the old combine to create "interest and intrigue".
In her hands, this is the case.
I was delighted at the attractive presentation of this book and the elegant manner in which the author presents her appealing projects. For example, I wanted to jump, fearlessly!, into "Bird Nest Ring and Earrings". This is a completely clear way of demonstrating Stephanie's concept of the combination of earthy and semi-refined. You will understand what I mean when you view the bird nest ring, with its sturdy hammered base of sterling, and the "nest" tenderly holding teal colored wired pearl "eggs". Accompanying it is the second project, the swinging sweet yet rustic bird nest earrings. These also wired using sterling. Both projects utilize blackening solution to patina the copper which creates the bundled nests holding the eggs made of pearls.
If you take these projects apart, they are easy to do. It is great to have an author who shows you how, however, and also who truly makes things you want to bother to make!
Another really pretty project which I liked as well, was her "A -Mighty - Wind" cuff. We must note here that the author has a love of Spinal Tap movies, and spin offs, as well as a sly sense of humor, OR she doesn't, but either way it doesn't matter. Except to movie buffs like me! The project is great; very assertive yet balanced with some delicate aspects at the same time. You can see that the sweet tiny charms are meant to represent the sounds a wind chime would make: a bird, wired stones, a hammered charm made of brass which is stamped with XOX, all drawn together on a cuff made of a hammered and flattened sterling spoon stamped with the words "A Mighty Rushing Wind". You must anneal, you must drill, you must stamp and you must patina, yet it is all worth learning from this excellent teacher, if you like the look of hand made, really stunning jewelry.
I am trying to explain by describing this project how thorough this book is, when you take a typical project apart step by step.
I would say that when you are done working with this book, you might want start all over and learn a new technique almost instantly.
Other projects I liked of Stephanie's were her Encased-Stone ring, an assertive, old looking "power ring" (of LOTR times?) if I ever saw one. It has a fine, highly matrixed center stone of either green turquoise or possibly gaspeite(?--hard to say!)and you need to solder this piece.
I also liked the Time-Capsule Ring. It is really gorgeous.
I thought the writing was very fine throughout Semiprecious Salvage. I enjoyed it.
I would try this book if you are willing and open to a bit of hard work in the area of stone-cold connecting and blaze bonding(as the author put it). Every single project is pretty. Give it a try!